Using Listening Journals to Foster Learner Autonomy (Also: Fukuoka JALT Annual General Meeting)
Date: Saturday, October 27th, 2018 Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Speaker: Sergio Mazzarelli (Kwassui Women's University, Nagasaki)
Extensive listening has been attracting attention as a means to improve language learners' listening skills and promote their autonomy. The presenter will explain how he added an extensive listening component to two consecutive listening courses he taught at a Japanese university. He asked his students to listen to online recordings outside class and keep a journal in which they reflected on the listening process, detailing the difficulties they encountered and the strategies they used to overcome such difficulties. The students could also add comments about the content of the recordings, although this was not required. The results were encouraging as regards both the number of entries submitted and the quality of the reflections such entries contained. In addition, anonymous end-of-term surveys showed that the students rated the courses highly and believed that the journal activity had helped them improve their listening skills.
Sergio Mazzarelli is a full-time English lecturer at Kwassui Women's University, Nagasaki. He earned a PhD in English from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK, in 1996 and has been teaching in Japan since 1997. He has developed interests in learner autonomy and CALL and administers his university's Moodle website.
Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Fukuoka JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen
Venue: Seinan Community Center, near Nishijin Station (Airport Line), Fukuoka (map)
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